Sunday, September 25, 2011

Soutine's portrait's paint

Garcon d'honneur by Chaim Soutine

At the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris, in the basement floor, there are several wonderful paintings by Chaim Soutine.  The full brushstroke of paint, blue grey, behind this man's ear:  I found this particularly amazing.

Here are more images, paintings by Soutine.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

hau jyan kang

hau jyan kang

GOOD HEALTH to you                HEARTINESS

The bottom of the bottom character has brushstrokes of the four directions, heartiness out to all!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

goldfinches, there and now


Mom is slowly, slowly getting stronger after her surgery, there in Florida. Here, the goldfinches are so busy in the fields!
E.E. Cummings's words seem apt for all of us, folks and fowl:

tomorrow is our permanent address
and there they'll scarcely find us (if they do,
we'll move away still further:  into now

No one knows about illness and recovery, about painting and aptness to vision, or about flitting from one--which one?--bloom to another.  Words can come close, especially if you are a poet like E.E. Cummings.

This small painting is gouache, charcoal, pastel and graphite on paper.  Gouache is basically watercolor with white added to give the paint body and opacity.  Usually, zinc white is added.